The Holidaze

Although the holidays are supposed to be about spreading cheer and giving thanks, they can also be somewhat stressful! Every time the holidays roll around I feel somewhat of a panic and go into a frenzy. Besides the shorter days, the change in weather, and worsened traffic, I worry that I’m not going to get my Christmas shopping done on time. Sure enough, I ran behind on my Christmas shopping this year. I usually start around Thanksgiving, but this year has been even more hectic and chaotic than usual and I ran behind. Luckily I am done! But for those that are feeling anxious, not to worry. I got you covered! Below are some of my gift giving ideas for the special ladies, women, and girls in your life!

These are some of the things that are on my wish list that I would love to receive but will be gifting to the wonderful ladies in my life:

Pajama sets: PJ sets are great gifts. You can never have too many! Everyone sleeps, right?  I found some really great and affordable ones from Forever 21. Striped Satin PJ set $24.80 from Forever 21.

 

For the makeup lovers in your life: Too Faced Best Year Ever makeup Collection. This set contains Too Faced Cosmetic’s best selling products, such as the Better Than Sex Mascara and 3 separate eye shadow palettes. It also comes in a super cute limited edition bag with a step-by-step how-to glamour guide! What a great deal for all of these products! 

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Candles from Bath and Body Works: I find that Bath and Body Works has the best scented candles for the price and quality! They have a variety of holiday scents to choose from! Candles range from $12.95 and up.

Tiffany’s Love Heart Earrings: Great studs for everyday wear. Sterling Silver with the iconic Tiffany blue.

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Chocolate indulgence:  One of my favorite places to get chocolate’s from is Compartes, especially around the holidays! Although they are a little pricey, they are definitely worth it, and they make a great gift for all the chocolate lovers in your life. I would recommend the Holiday Truffles. 20 pieces $59.95

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Bathtub Caddy: Great for the ultimate bath time relaxation. No need to worry about getting your Kindle, iPad, or book wet. There is even a place for your glass of champagne or wine! Available on Amazon for $39. 

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With room for a wine glass and a book, this caddy promises the most relaxing bubble bath ever. 

 

Just a little friendly reminder, although gifts are nice it is not what Christmas is about. Remember to try to spend time with friends and family, and put aside all of your difference and just try to enjoy the holidays. I wish everyone happy holidays! A special thank you to those who continue to read and support my blog even though I haven’t been as consistent as I would like to be. Cheers!

 

 

Hair, Skin, and Makeup Haul

The Mane

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Over the weekend I decided to indulge in one of my favorite wellness past times: retail therapy (yay!). I took full advantage of  Ulta’s hair sale, and I purchased two large sized shampoo and conditioners from Joico. I love their K-Pak line because it restored my hair, and this is one line I  don’t think I will ever stop using.

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I also purchased a shampoo from the Not Your Mother’s line from Ulta, the Way to Grow Long and Strong shampoo which focuses on helping you reach your hair goals for longer and faster growing hair. The shampoo contains biotin, horse chestnut seed extract, and a multi-vitamin complex. I have tried their products in the past and I was a fan, so why not take advantage of the sale now? The line strives to emphasize natural ingredients, and it is paraben, dye, and sulfate free; which is great, but it doesn’t lather as much as I usually prefer. This causes me to use more of the product, so I tend to go through a bottle fairly quickly. Overall it is affordable and a great product.

Let’s Talk About Skin:

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Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap: I don’t know why I have never tried anything from this line before, but I am glad I decided to give it a try! I was in Urban Outfitters and I decided to pick this product up, and I am beyond happy with the results! When I got home the first thing I did was remove my makeup and wash my face with this new soap. It was amazing.  I liked how it is a combination of cleanser and light exfoliater at the same time. My skin felt soft and clean, and the formula worked great for my sensitive-combination type skin. I also like that this cleaner was reasonably priced. I am looking forward to trying other product’s from the Mario Badescu line!

Kiehl’s Cranberry and Turmeric Face Mask:

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With the summer season having arrived and all of us finding ourselves outdoors more often, it is quite crucial to stay hydrated. I picked up a Cranberry and Turmeric Mask from the Kiehl’s store. I have not tried this mask prior to purchasing, but I was looking for something with more long term moisturizing ability. I have been using my sheet masks from Tony and Molly, but I was ready to try something different. The cranberry seeds work as an exfoliater in the Kiehl mask, and after using it my skin looked and felt more radiant and moisturized. I love all of Kiehl’s products in general, and I’m fairly certain that I will be purchasing this again in the future!

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Speaking of moisturizers, I also needed a moisturizer that was lightweight enough for summer and wouldn’t irritate my sensitive skin, so I purchased the small Ultra facial cream from Kiehl’s as well. I have been using this lotion on and off for many years. It is one that I contantly return to. I love that the lids on this cream and mask says Kiehl’s loves LA for part of their promotion.

Micellar Water by Garnier:

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There are three different kinds of Micellar Waters from Garnier. This time I picked up the blue one, which happens to be my favorite. It removes all traces of makeup and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. I love how inexpensive and great this product is!

Makeup:

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Kat Von D EverlastingLiquid Lipstick in Bow and Arrow: I don’t know why I have never purchased any products from her line before!? I have had friends rave on and on about her line but I never got around to purchasing anything. Since the theme of this retail therapy session was trying new products I gave it a try, and like the other pleasant surprises from the haul I am absolutely glad that I did! This matte liquid lipstick is non-drying and long lasting unlike other matte lipsticks I have tried. The price is for this product is surprisingly affordable, too. I am hooked! My next shade will definitely be Lolita which is also a nudish hue.

Agave Lip Balm by Bite:

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I think this is the most expensive lip balm that I have ever purchased! I was browsing Sephora on my lunch break, and I kept telling myself I am only here to see what’s new since last week (haha, shopaholic problems!). My lips were feeling dry, and I took a sample of the tester to try and I was smitten! I love how this lip balm smells and feels. Do I think $18 plus tax is a ridiculous price for a lip balm? Absolutely! Will I purchase this again in the future? We shall see..

Coverfix Custom Enhancer drops in Moonlight :

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I have used a primer from Coverfix in the past, but was not a huge fan. I was looking for something to make me more glowy for the summer, and I happened to chance upon this product. I dripped a drop of the serum and mixed it into my Chanel foundation that I am currently using, and it completely transformed my foundation from sheer to golden while giving more coverage. The price is a bit steep, but I am in love with this product and I think a little goes a long way!

http://www.sephora.com/custom-enhancer-drops-P409765

Retail Therapy is Real!

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I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I ‘m feeling down and out and need a little pick-me-up, I do some retail therapy!

We all have a small vice that is a teensy bit unhealthy that we turn to when things go south, and for me that vice is shopping! I’ve been pretty stressed out lately so you know what that means. Here are my little pick me ups:

Victoria’s Secret Undies from the PINK collection: I didn’t post any pics because that is a little weird and TMI. 

Victoria’s Secret Body Splash in Tropic Beach: I love this scent because summer is my favorite season and it smells like tropical paradise, and I love the packaging from this collection. 

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A PINK cotton top with gold sequins: I can never own too many of these. They are so soft and comfortable! Anything that is remotely glittery and shiny I like, haha!

Small black clutch from Ted Baker: I love everything about Ted Baker. I love how affordable the line is; the fact that their designs are very girly and suit my personal style; and I love that it has a T in the middle of the bow that’s just perfect for me because of my initials! A nice added perk was receiving 25% off from Bloomingdale’s Main Event Sale! It’s always extra nice to get a little discount on your retail therapy sessions!

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What are some things that you turn to when you are feeling down or having a bad day? 

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